The day turned out to be beautiful. I hit Unicoi Gap in the early afternoon. If you look at Unicoi on a profile map you will notice that it is just a big, sharp 'V'. Right smack in the fold of that 'V' is GA75 and a parking lot, where lots of tourists stop to look at signs and such. Embedded in a rock there is one of three existing bronze plaques, like the one that I saw on the first day on Springer. I talked to a few people there, one of them a former thru-hiker. Just as I was about to leave and hike up the other arm of the 'V', I was stopped by a middle-aged woman and her mother. She told me that her son was thru-hiking, and if I were to see him to say "Hi". I haven't seen him yet, but when I do, I'll pass on that message!
I was treated to a beautiful view along the ridge of Tray Mountain in my last half hour of hiking. (I should add that the cellphone reception was great, too!) I arrived at the shelter to find Icculus and Monsoon, who I had last seen at Neel's Gap. We went to sleep when it got dark.